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USSR Championship 1989
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The 56th Soviet Chess Championship, held in the city of Odessa from September 22nd to October 16th, 1989, was a category XIII event. Sixteen of the USSR's best grandmasters and masters participated in the round robin event, including (in order of ELO): Alexander Beliavsky (2620), Sergey Dolmatov (2615), Andrei Sokolov (2595), Boris Gelfand (2590), Rafael Vaganian (2585), Alexey Dreev (2570), Vladimir Tukmakov (2565), Vereslav Eingorn (2560), Vladimir Malaniuk (2560), Lembit Oll (2550), Yuri Balashov (2535), Konstantin Lerner (2530), Ilia Smirin (2530), Semen Dvoirys (2520), Konstantin Aseev (2485), and Giorgi Giorgadze (2470). The Armenian grandmaster Vaganian took clear first, half of a point ahead of the four shared seconds. The final standings and crosstable are as follows:

1 Vaganian 9/15 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1

2 Beliavsky 8.5/15 1 * 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1

3 Gelfand 8.5/15 1 * 1 0 1 1 0

4 Dolmatov 8.5/15 1 * 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1

5 Eingorn 8.5/15 0 * 0 1 1 1 1

6 Oll 8/15 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 1

7 Lerner 8/15 0 * 1 1 0 1

8 Dreev 7.5/15 1 0 0 * 1

9 Aseev 7.5/15 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 1

10 Sokolov 7/15 1 1 0 * 0 0

11 Tukmakov 7/15 1 0 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 0

12 Giorgadze 7/15 0 1 0 1 0 * 1 0

13 Balashov 6.5/15 0 1 0 0 0 1 *

14 Dvoirys 6.5/15 0 0 1 0 0 0 * 1 1

15 Malaniuk 6/15 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 0

16 Smirin 6/15 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 *

Round One
A Sokolov vs Gelfand, 1989 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 64 moves, 1-0

K Aseev vs K Lerner, 1989
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Malaniuk vs G Giorgadze, 1989
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 51 moves, 1-0

Vaganian vs Dvoirys, 1989
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 38 moves, 1-0

Smirin vs Balashov, 1989
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Tukmakov vs Eingorn, 1989
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 89 moves, 0-1

Dolmatov vs Beliavsky, 1989
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 84 moves, 1-0

Oll vs Dreev, 1989 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 47 moves, 1-0

Round Two
Gelfand vs Dreev, 1989
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Oll, 1989
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 40 moves, 1-0

Eingorn vs Dolmatov, 1989
(A88) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Balashov vs V Tukmakov, 1989
(B83) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

Dvoirys vs Smirin, 1989
(B66) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6, 41 moves, 1-0

G Giorgadze vs Vaganian, 1989
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Lerner vs V Malaniuk, 1989
(A81) Dutch, 94 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Sokolov vs K Aseev, 1989
(B89) Sicilian, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three
K Aseev vs Gelfand, 1989 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

V Malaniuk vs A Sokolov, 1989
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs K Lerner, 1989
(A15) English, 42 moves, 1-0

Smirin vs G Giorgadze, 1989
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Tukmakov vs Dvoirys, 1989
(D74) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O, 30 moves, 1-0

Dolmatov vs Balashov, 1989
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 64 moves, 1-0

Oll vs Eingorn, 1989 
(C18) French, Winawer, 69 moves, 1-0

Dreev vs Beliavsky, 1989 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four
Gelfand vs Beliavsky, 1989
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Eingorn vs Dreev, 1989
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Balashov vs Oll, 1989
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dvoirys vs Dolmatov, 1989
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 28 moves, 1-0

G Giorgadze vs V Tukmakov, 1989
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 35 moves, 0-1

K Lerner vs Smirin, 1989
(E97) King's Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

A Sokolov vs Vaganian, 1989
(C11) French, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Aseev vs V Malaniuk, 1989
(B07) Pirc, 64 moves, 1-0

Round Five
V Malaniuk vs Gelfand, 1989
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 62 moves, 1-0

Vaganian vs K Aseev, 1989 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 46 moves, 1-0

Smirin vs A Sokolov, 1989
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 84 moves, 1-0

V Tukmakov vs K Lerner, 1989
(E73) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

Dolmatov vs G Giorgadze, 1989
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 28 moves, 0-1

Oll vs Dvoirys, 1989
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dreev vs Balashov, 1989 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 68 moves, 1-0

Beliavsky vs Eingorn, 1989
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 1-0

Round Six
Gelfand vs Eingorn, 1989
(E12) Queen's Indian, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Malaniuk vs Vaganian, 1989
(C01) French, Exchange, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dvoirys vs Dreev, 1989
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Balashov vs Beliavsky, 1989
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 68 moves, 1-0

G Giorgadze vs Oll, 1989
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Lerner vs Dolmatov, 1989
(A88) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Aseev vs Smirin, 1989
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 54 moves, 1-0

A Sokolov vs V Tukmakov, 1989
(B57) Sicilian, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven
Vaganian vs Gelfand, 1989 
(E97) King's Indian, 52 moves, 0-1

Smirin vs V Malaniuk, 1989
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 1-0

V Tukmakov vs K Aseev, 1989
(E15) Queen's Indian, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dolmatov vs A Sokolov, 1989
(B83) Sicilian, 50 moves, 0-1

Oll vs K Lerner, 1989
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dreev vs G Giorgadze, 1989
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Dvoirys, 1989
(D99) Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Eingorn vs Balashov, 1989
(A17) English, 22 moves, 1-0

Round Eight
Gelfand vs Balashov, 1989
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dvoirys vs Eingorn, 1989
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Giorgadze vs Beliavsky, 1989
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 64 moves, 0-1

K Lerner vs Dreev, 1989
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

A Sokolov vs Oll, 1989 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Aseev vs Dolmatov, 1989
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 48 moves, 0-1

V Malaniuk vs V Tukmakov, 1989
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs Smirin, 1989
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 70 moves, 1-0

Round Nine
Smirin vs Gelfand, 1989
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Tukmakov vs Vaganian, 1989
(E15) Queen's Indian, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dolmatov vs V Malaniuk, 1989
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 1-0

Oll vs K Aseev, 1989
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 39 moves, 0-1

Beliavsky vs K Lerner, 1989
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dreev vs A Sokolov, 1989
(E12) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Eingorn vs G Giorgadze, 1989
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 57 moves, 1-0

Balashov vs Dvoirys, 1989
(C26) Vienna, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten
Vaganian vs Dolmatov, 1989
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Giorgadze vs Balashov, 1989
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Lerner vs Eingorn, 1989
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Aseev vs Dreev, 1989
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Sokolov vs Beliavsky, 1989
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gelfand vs Dvoirys, 1989
(D85) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 1-0

V Malaniuk vs Oll, 1989
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 37 moves, 0-1

Smirin vs V Tukmakov, 1989
(B58) Sicilian, 47 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven
V Tukmakov vs Gelfand, 1989
(E73) King's Indian, 44 moves, 0-1

Dolmatov vs Smirin, 1989
(B66) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6, 44 moves, 1-0

Oll vs Vaganian, 1989
(C11) French, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Balashov vs K Lerner, 1989
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs K Aseev, 1989
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Eingorn vs A Sokolov, 1989
(E15) Queen's Indian, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dreev vs V Malaniuk, 1989
(C42) Petrov Defense, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dvoirys vs G Giorgadze, 1989
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 92 moves, 0-1

Round Twelve
Gelfand vs G Giorgadze, 1989
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Lerner vs Dvoirys, 1989
(D80) Grunfeld, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Sokolov vs Balashov, 1989
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Aseev vs Eingorn, 1989
(C18) French, Winawer, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Malaniuk vs Beliavsky, 1989
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Vaganian vs Dreev, 1989
(B10) Caro-Kann, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smirin vs Oll, 1989
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Tukmakov vs Dolmatov, 1989
(A90) Dutch, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen
Dolmatov vs Gelfand, 1989
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Oll vs V Tukmakov, 1989
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 56 moves, 1-0

Dreev vs Smirin, 1989
(A56) Benoni Defense, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Vaganian, 1989 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 28 moves, 1-0

Eingorn vs V Malaniuk, 1989
(A81) Dutch, 42 moves, 1-0

Balashov vs K Aseev, 1989
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dvoirys vs A Sokolov, 1989
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Giorgadze vs K Lerner, 1989
(E12) Queen's Indian, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen
Gelfand vs K Lerner, 1989
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Sokolov vs G Giorgadze, 1989
(C76) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation, 71 moves, 0-1

K Aseev vs Dvoirys, 1989
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 48 moves, 1-0

V Malaniuk vs Balashov, 1989
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs Eingorn, 1989
(A28) English, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smirin vs Beliavsky, 1989 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 38 moves, 0-1

V Tukmakov vs Dreev, 1989
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dolmatov vs Oll, 1989 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 58 moves, 1-0

Round Fifteen
Oll vs Gelfand, 1989
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dreev vs Dolmatov, 1989
(A81) Dutch, 27 moves, 1-0

Beliavsky vs V Tukmakov, 1989
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 37 moves, 0-1

Eingorn vs Smirin, 1989
(E97) King's Indian, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Balashov vs Vaganian, 1989 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 41 moves, 0-1

Dvoirys vs V Malaniuk, 1989
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 28 moves, 1-0

G Giorgadze vs K Aseev, 1989
(E12) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Lerner vs A Sokolov, 1989
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 35 moves, 1-0

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